Funding Alert 200 September 2020

September Funding Opportunities

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We have updated and added some new emergency funding opportunities in Funding Alert this month. There are a few funding oppertunities and some of the Covid-19 funds have tight deadlines (Highlighted in RED) don’t delay getting that application in. For updates and information on Business Funding take a look at our Business Gateway page.

On this page we have gathered together a sample of "this months’ offers" from the Funding Alert buletin. If you have any suggestions of how we can make Funding Alert better or an area you think we can improve, please let us know. Remember the funders are organised into categories of funding streams, a click on the categories in the topic index that will take you to the chosen section, then click on the link to see if you can apply, short application deadlines are highlighted in red so make sure you’re quick off the mark! This page shows only a few of the opportunities on offer in this month’s Funding Alert; just download it from here or sign up for a copy to be sent to your email. Don’t forget to have a look at our support pages they might help with your application. We hope you find something that supports all of the great work you are doing out in our communities.

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5. COVID-19 Response Fund

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Grants are available to UK charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Deadline: 31 December 2020

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6. #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund

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Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help grass-roots organisations in Scotland to support vulnerable individuals, families, and communities, including helping them to cope with the impacts of coronavirus/COVID-19.

Deadline: ongoing

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7. Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

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Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund is open for applications up to £5,000 the fund is now focussing on Recovery. As some lockdown restrictions are lifted this phase of funding will support organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations in addition to providing emergency support for those who need it most.

Deadline: Ongoing,-recovery-resilience-fund/

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8. Third Sector Resilience Fund

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Emergency funding of up to £75,000 the fund supports organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.  For Phase 2 of the Third Sector Resilience Fund, the guidance and criteria have been adapted to maximise the number of third sector organisations that benefit from it.

Deadline: Ongoing

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9.  The Fore - RAFT Transition Fund

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Grants of up to £15,000. The Fore RAFT Transition Fund is designed to support small charities and social enterprises as they adapt to the post-lockdown world. Funding will enable grantees to strengthen their organisations, plan ahead, become more sustainable and refocus on the new needs of their beneficiaries.

Deadline: Ongoing

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11. British Muslim Covid-19 Fund

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Peace & Relief International grants up to £5,000 are available for charities, organisations and voluntary groups in the UK impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Small grants (up to £1,000) are intended for community groups, grassroots organisations, food banks and other volunteer groups

Deadline: Ongoing

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14. Clore Duffield Foundation - Main Grants Programme

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Grants are available to registered charities in support of the cultural sector.  The Foundation does occasionally make donations to the health and social care sectors, it should be noted that the majority of its support is directed towards the cultural sector, and in particular to cultural learning and to museum, gallery, heritage and performing arts learning spaces.

Deadline: Ongoing

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18. Firstport – Social Enterprise Fund

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The Social Entrepreneurs Fund (or SEF) is a Scottish Government-funded programme that supports individuals in Scotland to test, start, and grow social enterprise ideas. It runs five different funds, three of which have now re-opened:

  • Pounds for Purpose (PfP) – This fund is for individuals aged 16-26 with an idea to create positive change in the world around them. £500 awards are available to put ideas into action. PfP is an ongoing programme with no deadlines and quick turnaround times.
  • Start It– SEF’s flagship programme, it supports individuals with a business idea and in need of support and funding to get it off the ground. Individuals can apply for up to £5,000 towards the start-up costs of their social enterprise idea. Start It is an ongoing programme with no deadlines, and the turnaround time is 12 weeks approx.
  • Build It– Build It is for individuals whose social enterprises are already up and running (for up to 2 years approx.) and can demonstrate a track record of both generating income and social impact. Build it covers living costs, allowing entrepreneurs to dedicate themselves fully to making their idea a success.

Deadline: 29 September 2020

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21. Ironmongers' Company

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Grant up to £10,000 for projects that deliver clearly defined educational benefits to a specific group of children or young people. The Company is particularly interested in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future.

Deadline: 15 December 2020

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27. Henry Smith Charity - Main Grants - Strengthening Communities

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Strengthening Communities grants programme (between £20,000 and £60,000 for up to 3 years). The fund is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level. Through this grant programme we want to make sure that our funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty. They want to fund work that enables:

  • People from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing
  • People who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change
  • A stronger, active, more engaged community
Deadline: Ongoing

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Environment and Conservation

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32. Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund

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Grants up to £50,000 are available. Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their everyday travel behaviours. Grants are available to encourage people to use buses and community car clubs for longer journeys; walking and cycling for short journeys, and home-working to replace daily commutes. The Fund is available to support public, third and community sector organisations.
Deadline:  Ongoing

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General Funding

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38. Steel Charitable Trust

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Grants up to £25,000 are available to registered charities in the following categories: arts and heritage; health; education; social or economic disadvantage; and the environment.

Deadline:  31 October 2020

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  44.  Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Tackling Loneliness Programme

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Grants of up to £70,000. The Tackling Loneliness programme should address social isolation by targeting specific groups within the Armed Forces community who are traditionally harder to reach.

  • Projects should also fit with at least one of the main themes of this programme.
  • Building stronger social networks and friendships.
  • Improving access to local activities and provision.
  • Building emotional resilience to overcome the causes of loneliness.
  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more independent.
 Deadline:  09 October 2020 

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46.  Paths for All - Walking for Health Fund

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Grants up to £7,500 and £15,000 are available to a range of organisations working in Scotland. The fund aims to:

  • Diversify and increase the number of new walkers taking part in Health Walks in Scotland
  • Increase the amount of physical activity undertaken by people in Scotland (especially those experiencing inequality)
  • Improve wellbeing and/or reduce ill-health
 Deadline:  Ongoing

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49.  Cash4 Clubs

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 Cash 4 clubs pic 1Grants up to £5,000 are available for local sports clubs giving the chance to apply for grants to improve facilities, purchase new equipment, gain coaching qualifications, and invest in the sustainability of their club.

Deadline:  08 September 2020

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53.  Aldi Scottish Sport Fund

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Grants up to £2,500 are available for local sports clubs in Scotland to support their work in their local community.  Applications will be considered from a range of groups as long as they are based in Scotland.

Deadline:  02 November 2020

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60. Dulverton Trust

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Grants up to £35,000 are available to charities working to produce significant impact in the Trust’s priority areas: youth opportunities, general welfare, conservation, heritage and peace and humanitarian support.

Deadline:  Ongoing

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